Important Updates

ISSA Conference 2017 – A Success!

ISSA Conference 2017 is now behind us. Over 450 attendees from 60 countries joined to discuss and connect. We are very pleased and want to thank everyone involved in the organization and preparation for all their input and hard work. Please read more about the conference on our ISSA website.


ISSA Conference 2017 hosts and partners are eager to welcome you to the upcoming conference. As you prepare for this event, we would like to share some practical information regarding conference logistics. You may find them here.

Register for the ISSA Conference 2017 App

The ISSA Conference 2017 app gives you a unique way connect with one another, and with conference material. If you are a conference participant, you can find out how to download it here.

We are proud to say the ISSA 2017 Conference is sold out!

We are happy for the overwhelming interest in our program and we are looking forward to meeting everyone in Ghent.

If you are a speaker or from one of the partner organizations and you have not registered yet, please contact our Conference Secretariat as soon as possible:

Register for field visits now!

Registration for field visits closes September 26th. Field visits are open to everyone who registered for the ISSA conference.

We encourage you to read more about the field visits and refer to the detailed conference program before registration. You can find the link to the field visit registration in the September 12th conference newsletter and on the conference app.

Please download the conference app here (for IPhone users) and here (for Android users).

For more info please contact

About ISSA Conference 2017

ISSA is an international learning community powered by the leading early childhood experts in Europe and Central Asia.

ISSA’s Annual Conference, offers a unique platform to listen to the world’s leading early childhood experts, an opportunity learn from your peers and to share the knowledge and experience which you have gained while working in the field.

For the first time, ISSA has joined forces with a municipality as well as a member to co-host the 2017 Conference.  The City of Ghent has long been at the vanguard of early childhood development services and in conjunction with our Belgian-based member, VBJK, and conference partners Artevelde University College  and Ghent University, we extend a warm welcome to everyone concerned with the care and education of young children.

The focus of the 2017 Conference: Local Responses, Global Advances: Towards Competent Early Childhood Systems will examine how the speed of change in today’s world requires substantial shifts in the ways early childhood systems are designed, equipped, governed, financed and supported. As we strive to capitalize on the tremendous importance that early childhood development has for children, families and communities, it is time to embrace a systemic approach to addressing the critical problems that hinder children’s and families’ rights, and to learn from local responsive approaches to build competent early childhood systems.

ISSA Conference 2017 will unite the knowledge and practice of researchers, practitioners, policy makers, parents and NGOs from around the world to explore these themes through insightful discussions and interactive sessions, while sharing their wisdom and solutions.